Suffrage in 60 Seconds Introduction

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When was the last time you voted? If you were an American woman in 1920, odds are you didn't yet have that opportunity. But on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the legal right to vote. But the road to ratification was fraught with challenges. For decades, women convened, campaigned, and collaborated on strategies and tactics to win the vote. In 1916, a new generation of women founded the National Woman's Party and the political landscape was forever changed. Many of these heroes, however, are relatively overlooked in American history. As we approach the 2020 Centennial, rangers at Belmont-Paul will release videos in honor of the people, places, and pop culture that led to enfranchising millions of women across the country. Each video will last about a minute and cover a topic of suffrage in sixty seconds. If you have any topic suggestions, questions, or comments, please leave those in the comments section below. And we look forward to talking with you soon.

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When was the last time you voted? Enjoy these one-minute videos that highlight suffrage subjects and the heroes who made woman suffrage a reality—including those women who continued the fight for full enfranchisement beyond 1920.

Explore more stories about the long fight for woman suffrage and the ongoing struggle for women's equality by visiting the 19th Amendment pages on the NPS Women's History subject site.

Part of a series of articles titled Suffrage in Sixty Seconds.

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Pennsylvania Avenue, Women's Rights National Historical Park

Last updated: June 25, 2021